DIGITIZEA simple application to digitize books to create fullfledged e-books which will be the norm in the near future.Thus preserving the existing knowledge as well asmaking it easily accessible . As well as proof readingcontent for websites and ecommerce sites.
THE SHIFT TOWARDS DIGITAL Likely increase in demand for e-books with a surge of handheld devices like tablets (Ipad) and Readers (Kindle) The reading experience on such devices is no longer eye straining and is getting closer and closer to actual physical book reading . Special efforts by giant companies like Apple to transition from the physical books to digital e-books. Considerable reduction in the cost associated with creation of books for publication houses. Low cost versions for developing countries will go a long way in spreading education. Huge amount of data is created everyday by websites in the form of content/e-commerce.
THE IDEA: DIGITIZE Digitize: A application that would allow people to convert data from scanned jpeg files of book pages to word based text files. If not for mainstream use than atleast to create low cost versions for distribution in developing countries where access to books is still a dream for some people. Completely cloud based, for speedy processing and lesser dependence on a single device (Mobile) for access Each user will receive random pages that they need to type out and upload to the cloud. They can sync for more pages as per their work speed and convenience. A performance linked incentive system will be in place that will determine their payout as well as Group.
Client Checked andService Provider Approved (Digitize) DataRaw data & Quality User ControlSubmitted content Users
AVERAGE USER PROFILE Not highly skilled Basic ability to type, read and understand English. Willingness to familiarize oneself with technology, as there is a slight learning curve with respect to understanding the basic features such as logging in to personal account, syncing etc.
PAYOUT STRUCTURE Will be directly linked to performance: 5 or less mistakes per page (depending on word count of an average page) = $X 10 or less mistakes per page = $X-n (n being a suitable deduction from the first case) 10 or more mistakes per page = Rejected page hence no pay.
INCENTIVE STRUCTURE The users will score certain incentives based on their accuracy history. They may fall under any of these Groups. Quality Control: These will be experts and will have a perfect accuracy record. They are normal users whose good work has been recognized and now they perform Quality checks on others work. This will be a rotating positions with a fixed period. Experts: These will be users with a very good accuracy record and the ones whose work requires minimum intervention from QC. They will be paid at a higher rate than users. They will eventually move to QC Users: These will be all the people using the service.
PROOF READ This is a another application of Digitize, used for proof reading content. Huge amount of data is churned out everyday on the web ranging from articles to website content to press releases to product information on ecommerce sites. The idea being to root out basic mistakes that are bound to creep in when large amount of data is created. (Mismatch of titles and content, spelling mistakes etc) The payout/incentive structure will be the same as mentioned earlier.
ACCESSIBILITY Since the majority of the users will be in developing nations, there are certain issues that may arise as far as the hardware (Smartphones) is concerned. The solution is to take a community based approach. Providing a certain number of phones to a village/community for public access. No individual ownership with the users. Owned by the service provider/sponsor. Limited time access to the phone everyday /user Possibility to purchase the device on an financing model after proven success (Money earned) using the service. Benefit: Access to more people with limited number of devices.